New York Russian Balalaika Duo. Traditional dancing, music, songs. Multicultural School Assembly in Albion, NY
Program of performance:The program of performances included Siberian Nanai Sumo dancers (Нанайская борьба) Russian folk button accordion garmoshka introduction with popular folk song "Moroz" (Ой, мороз-мороз), Russian folk song and dance "The Snowstorm" (Russian: Метелица - Metelitsa), introduction of Russian folk instrument balalaika with performance of Russian folk dance "Kamarinskaiya" (Камаринская), Russian Gypsy Roma song and dance "Dark Eyes" (Очи Чёрные), "Skorogovorkee" - Medley of Russian tongue-twisters (Скороговорки), "Evreiskiy Tanets" - Russian Jewish wedding dance with Candle (Еврейский танец со свечкой), "Russskiy Alfaveet" - Russian Alphabet lesson (Русский алфавит), "You Tricked Me", Ukrainian folk song and dance (Пидманула), "Muzh" and "Valenkee", Instrumental Balalaika Medley of two Russian folk songs - ("Как заставил меня муж", "Валенки"), "Orkestr Russkikh Narodnykh Instrumentov" - Russian percussian Band interactive game with students (Коробейники), "Along Piterskaia Street", Russian foood song and dance of Chicken, "Kaleenka", Popular Russian folk song - (Калинка-малинка моя), "Barynya", Russian folk dance lesson and workshop for all students (Урок русского народного танца).
Russian ethnomusicologist, singer, musician, Artistic Director and Founder of Barynya ensemble Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals) led the performance by giving a short explanation of every number of the program in English. He talked briefly about costumes, folk instruments, Russian traditions, explained the difference between Russian and English alphabet, and performed Russian tongue-twisters. Musical director of the group Elina Karokhina performed a few solos on Russian folk instrument .
Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina who was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russia. She began her formal training at the Mussorgsky Music College of St. Petersburg and continued her training at N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, earning a degree as an Orchestra Soloist. She continued her training at the Conservatory, which included a brief residency in Germany. After, she returned to her native St. Petersburg and completed her education, earning a Doctor of Musical Art degree in the Balalaika. Following her graduation, she began working as a musician, both as a teacher and as a performer, teaching balalaika. Elina Karokhina served in the Russian Army in the Military Ensemble in the Northwest Order of Red Stars. As a balalaika soloist Elina has toured all over the world. When she moved to the United States in 2009 she was hired as a musicial director and soloist with the biggest professional Russian music, song and dance ensemble Barynya (New York). In January 2015 Elina Karokhina was selected to perform the balalaika part with Mariinsky Theatre directed by famous conductor Valery Gergiev in Rodion Shchedrin's opera "The Enchanted Wanderer" at the Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York. In May 2016 she was hired to play several concerts at the Carnegie Hall in New York City as a part of "THE TRIUMPH OF HOPE" international event.
Elina Karokhina and Mikhail Smirnov are members of Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya (established in 1991). The Barynya is available for hire for performing art centers, school assemblies, festivals, colleges, libraries, concert halls, restaurants, private and corporate events as one powerful ensemble or in smaller groups.
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Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov
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